8 Great Character Meals in Orlando for Kids

Minnie makes a regular appearance at Chef Mickey's. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World
Minnie makes a regular appearance at Chef Mickey's. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

Character dining is a unique and magical experience to include on your next Orlando vacation. At these special dining experiences, kids (and kids at heart) can meet and greet some of their favorite television or movie characters. Many character meals in Orlando have reopened for guests, with modifications, of course. We’ve rounded up a list of character dining options currently open in Orlando.

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Modifications due to the pandemic include socially distanced photos with characters.  Also, characters do not give autographs or provide side-by-side photos. Meals that were previously served buffet-style are instead being served family-style. For meals at Disney parks, note that Disney requires a park reservation and park admission in addition to dining reservations. 

Both Disney and SeaWorld also require face coverings and temperature checks for all guests ages 2 and older. Note: All Universal Orlando character dining experiences are temporarily closed.

Disney Character Dining Opportunities for Kids in Orlando

Be Our Guest—Magic Kingdom

Located in the Beast's Castle in Fantasyland, this restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner serving three-course meals, and reservations are recommended. Although this is not technically a character dining experience, guests can catch a glimpse of the Beast himself.

Breakfast à la Art with Mickey & Friends—Topolino's Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort

Guests can enjoy a prix fixe breakfast at this rooftop restaurant at Disney’s newest resort, while Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy parade through the restaurant in themed outfits. Breakfast includes fresh pastries, bread, coffee, juice, and an entrée (choose from quiche gruyère, smoked salmon, and more). Kids’ entrée choices include Mickey waffle dippers, scrambled egg or fruit and yogurt. Reservations are recommended.

Chef Mickey’s Family Feast—Disney’s Contemporary Resort 

Dine with Chef Mickey and his friends for an all-you-can-eat family-style breakfast at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  Breakfast choices include a Celebration Mickey pancake, banana bread French toast, loaded potato and cheese casserole or the kid-favorite Mickey waffles. Mickey and his crew make appearances throughout breakfast, wave, and dance. Each table also gets an autographed card from Mickey and his pals. Advance reservations are recommended. 

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Garden Grill at Epcot. Walt Disney World
Join Chip and Dale at Epcot's Garden Grill. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

Chip 'n' Dale's Harvest Feast—Garden Grill at Epcot

Dine at this rotating restaurant with views of Epcot’s Living with the Land. Kids can watch as Chip, Dale, and other Disney friends, including Mickey and Pluto, parade through the restaurant. Meals are served family-style, all-you-can-eat.  The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and reservations are encouraged. 

Disney Junior Play n' Dine—Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios

Preschoolers will delight at the possibility of dining with their favorite Disney Junior characters. This breakfast experience includes shared pastries (including caramel monkey bread – yum!)  as well as individual entrees such as stuffed French toast, omelets, and all-you-can-eat pancakes. Possible character appearances include Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, Roadster Goofy, and Doc McStuffins. Advance reservations are recommended.

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Goofy breakfast Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Start your day with breakfast with Goofy. Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and His Pals—Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Start your day with Goofy and his friends while enjoying traditional breakfast favorites. Guests can have their photos taken upon entrance, complete with some Disney magic (with complimentary digital downloads). This experience is available on Saturday mornings from 7 to 11am and reservations are required.

Minnie's Seasonal Dining—Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios

Available seasonally for lunch and dinner, catch Minnie and her friends at this dining party complete with music and festive décor for each season. Menu options include shared appetizers and individual entrees and desserts. Reservations are recommended.

Character Dining Opportunities for Kids in SeaWorld

Dine with Orcas and Sharks—SeaWorld Orlando

While SeaWorld does not offer character meals, guests can dine alongside some of the amazing sea life while visiting the park, making for a unique and memorable experience. The Dine with Orcas option allows visitors an up-close view of killer whales and their daily specialized care at SeaWorld. Reserve your Dine with Orcas experience in advance online. Similarly, park guests can dine alongside sharks at Sharks Underwater Grill, open for lunch and dinner.

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